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In my mind, there are three ingredients to a good, old-fashioned diner. Good food, cheap prices, and coffee … lots of coffee. Teddy’s Family Restaurant ticks all three boxes—and lucky me, it’s just minutes away from my house, right on the Lackawanna/South Buffalo border. Teddy’s has a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it storefront facing Abbott Road, and a large parking lot to …

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The fast-casual restaurant trend is much bigger than Buffalo, as employees across the United States value convenience, speed and portability during shorter-than-ever lunch breaks. Businesses scurry to accommodate these hungry-but-rushed workers, and the models that have proven popular lend themselves well to franchising. Souvlaki Fast and Rachel's Mediterranean have …

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Times are changing at Expo Market, the bustling food hall and gathering place across from Shea’s Buffalo Theatre. Since the hall changed ownership earlier this year, restaurateurs JJ Alfieri, Paul Tsouflidis and Kevin Lin have signed on a wave of new coffee and late-night options, designed to attract a crowd outside the market’s peak lunch hours. Souvlaki Fast, located …

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Jacqueline Kobti, whom everyone calls Jackie, said that some recipes from her restaurant come from her grandma, but that’s not the reason she and her husband picked Granny’s Family Restaurant for the name of their eatery. “Everybody likes grandma’s food,” she said. The name seems to be working, as Jackie and her husband, Fadel, have been operating a successful restau…

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After more than a decade serving Oliver Street, Granny’s Family Restaurant has taken its Greek and Mediterranean menu to Sheridan Drive. The new place, 2865 Sheridan Drive, Tonawanda, was opened on Oct. 30 by operators Fadel and Jackie Kobti. (If the last name sounds vaguely familiar, it may be because a relative formerly operated Cobti’s Restaurant at Eggert Road and B…

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Hidden in University Plaza is Venus, a Greek restaurant serving all of the classics. Although there are bar stools for customers to sit at while dining in, most people grab their food and go after ordering at the counter. The decor is a little quirky, with Egyptian black and gold statues placed around the room accent pieces and bright colorful walls. The Mediterranean r…

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Eggsperience Vasilis, sister to the Eggsperience in Kenmore, is a Greek family restaurant posing as a friendly neighborhood bistro. Drop in at the corner of Main Street and West Ferry, and you’ll find a reason to smile in a part of midtown Buffalo that could use something cheerful among the empty storefronts and corrugated pavement. The 80-seat restaurant delivers t…

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Looking for authentic Greek food like perfectly seasoned chicken that melts in your mouth? Marwan Yacoub is the guy to see. He has owned The Village Grille in Williamsville for 23 years and lives by the motto, “We are fresh food, not fast food.” But plenty of busy people turn to Yacoub for weekday lunches and dinners by calling ahead for takeout orders. While chicken so…

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Eggsperience Vasilis is opening a second location on Main Street at West Ferry. The Greek-inflected family restaurant, to be called Eggsperience Vasilis Main, will be serving customers at 1526 Main St. Work on the restaurant is well under way, and the target opening date is March 31, said owner Vasilis Panagopoulos. His wife Chrystalia operates the first Eggsperie…

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A taste of old favorites and new international flavors are planned for a "micro food hall" restaurant on Hertel Avenue. Paul Tsouflidis, of Acropolis OPA and Newbury Salads, is teaming up with Kevin Lin, of Sun restaurants, to open PK Eats at 1488 Hertel Ave. The restaurant will feature a best-hits compilation from Acropolis and Newbury Salads, and black rice sushi f…

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Greek food expert and chef Peter Minaki will offer a dinner May 22 at Milos, 5877 Main St., Williamsville. His Greek Supper Club menu will include tomatoes stuffed with feta and caper leaves, grilled octopus on Santorini fava, rack of lamb with Greek chimichurri, and galakaboureko, a phyllo-encased custard. The menu celebrates specialities from the Greek island of Anafi a…

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Nick Klentos, whose family ran the Wehrle Diner until selling it last year, has opened Aperitivo, a new upscale casual place on Transit Road. The 85-seat restaurant at 9430 Transit Road, East Amherst, opened for business in a recently-built plaza on April 14. It’s not an Italian restaurant, despite the name, Klentos said. It’s a New American restaurant with some Mediterr…

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Elmwood Village mainstay Nektar Ambrosia is closing for good on Sunday. Owner Stavros Malliaris has sold the building at 451 Elmwood Ave., and is moving back to Greece, he said. Sunday will be the last day of regular service. He invited customers to stop by for a snack and a drink on Wednesday July 8, from 5 p.m. or so, to say goodbye. Malliaris declined to identify the…